Thursday, February 12, 2009
Macau is for sailors
The Portuguese used Macau as a trading port to bring China's goods to the rest of the world. (Interesting fact we learned in class on Monday: during the Qing dynasty, 1600s-early 1900s, China was the origin of 28% of the world's exports - now it is only 6%!) Because of this trading/port culture there are many references to boats in the architecture.
The top pic is a relief from the St Paul's facade, the bottom is from the A-Ma temple.